It is important to refurbish your house before putting it up for sale in order to fetch a better price. Home improvement is not cheap but that doesn’t mean that you splurge on expenses. There are small and often ignored home improvements but which can significantly increase the value of your home without eating into your margins.

Besides the location and the structural integrity of the house and its suitability to their house, buyers also look at the appearance of the house when making a purchasing decision. No one wants to buy a house and give it a facelift before they even move in. Follow these 5 tips to improve the value of your home without breaking the bank.

A fresh coat of paint

A fresh coat of paint can do magic to the appearance of your home making it more valuable in the property market and attracting more buyers. Few people will be interested in buying a house with molds, peeling paint and cracks on the wall. If you recently repainted the house then clean the walls. Dust gathers on the walls taking the shine off them so ensure you dust them before putting the house up for sale.

Maintain your landscape

A landscape is supposed to improve the aesthetic appearance of your home and letting your lawn and garden grow wildly beats that purpose. You want to make a good first impression potential buyers and a well-manicured lawn and a beautiful garden helps that cause.

If you have neglected your garden for weeks, this is the time to weed it, water the plants and prune the trees such that by the time you are showing it to the first buyer, the plants are healthy and blooming. Don’t forget to clean the driveway too.

Replace the fixtures

This is job you can even do on your own as long you have tools such as a Bostitch Staple Gun and screwdrivers. Small fixtures such as door knobs and handles and electrical sockets and switches don’t cost much but can greatly transform the appearance and ambience of a room.

Moreover, due to age and repeated use, most of these fixtures get damaged or the coating starts peeling off thus making your house look older and unmaintained. Look for door handles and knobs that blend in with the painting and go for modern electrical sockets with USB charging capability.

Good lighting

You can install additional lighting points such as wall brackets if your house doesn’t have them already but on the day you are showing the house, make sure there is enough natural light. So open draw the curtains and open the windows to make sure the house is well-lit and ventilated when you bring a potential buyer in. More importantly, replace your incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs.

Clean your house

Few buyers will be interested in your house even if it’s the best in the neighborhood if you don’t clean it before showing it to them. Make an effort to keep everything spotless and organized before inviting the first buyer for a site visit.